Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the Chancellor is to reverse his planned cuts to tax credits, Ravi Subramanian UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary said:
“Nearly three million working
families countrywide have breathed a collective sigh of relief. Since the cuts
were announced in the summer, parents have faced increasing anxiety over losing
the tax credits they rely upon so heavily.
“We’re pleased that the
Chancellor has made good use of the thinking time last month’s Lords vote
gave the government.
But the real credit for
today’s decision goes to the many brave parents who talked publicly about their
already stretched finances, and the distress and hardship the cuts would cause.
Their stories convinced the government this unfair tax credits grab was wrong.
The government must now do
more to encourage employers to pay staff more – at least the real living wage
of £8.25 an hour. This would make a difference to the many low-income families
still struggling to make ends meet.
In 2018 new claims for tax credits will stop,
and the families receiving them will start to be switched on to Universal
Credit. The Chancellor must not use this change as a way to revive his original
plans and leave working families worse off in 2020 than today.”